Montclair’s Bradford School Fifth Grader Wins National Songwriting Contest

Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Charlie Bollinger, one of Bradford Elementary School’s fifth graders, who played his original instrumental song, “Spanish Song,” at Monday night’s Montclair Board of Education meeting, has won the Little Kids Rock Les Paul songwriting competitionin the instrumental category. He received the most votes in this category in the online voting competition. This is a huge honor and not an easy award to win for a fifth grader!

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to building a world where kids can live rich, purposeful lives by ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers.



Create, Build, Play at the 2nd Annual Mount Hebron Innovation Faire on Saturday

Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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On Saturday, May 30, Mount Hebron Middle School will once again host their Innovation Faire in conjunction with the school’s STEM theme.

This event is open to all ages and especially Montclair students and their families. The Innovation Faire is an opportunity to explore and play; learning ideas from others and engaging in fun and interesting activities. Some of the activities we are planning are 3D printing, Finches, Legos, STEAM (Art) projects, Snap Circuits, MaKey MaKey, Littlebits, drones, robots, aerodynamics, DIY electronics, air rocket launchers, a huge bubble maker, fun games and more! Click here for more information on the event and how to get involved, as well as photos from last year’s Faire.

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Superheroes for Hospice Charity Comic Book Sale and Comics Creators Appearances

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Superheroes for HospiceComic Book fans rejoice! Over 100,000 comic books — including high-end titles from the Silver Age — will be featured as part of the upcoming Superheroes for Hospice Charity Comic Book Sale on May 30.

The event will feature thousands of comic books and graphic novels for sale, including books for children and adults and back by popular demand, a dealer of high-end Silver Age titles. Also on sale will be a variety of comics-related merchandise including toys, action figures, t-shirts and more. Best of all, professional comics creators will be on hand to sell and autograph books and comics, draw sketches and sell original art and sketch cards.

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Bloomfield Preschool Brings Kids Closer To Nature With Family Garden

BY  |  Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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A Bloomfield preschool is trying to bring its students closer to nature. Arlene Sherman is the preschool director at Temple Ner Tamid’s Shoresh program. Shoresh means roots in Hebrew.

Sherman is implementing hands-on gardening classes for her young students. Students will tend to the soil, plant vegetables, and learn about healthy eating habits. They will also study elements of math and science as to how it relates to gardening. Gardening dovetails with Sherman’s vision for a nature program. In keeping with the woodsy theme, the school recently acquired outdoor musical instruments and outdoor classroom seating. The school is thrilled to be installing a new mega canopy to provide shade to the recently expanded playground.

The program is also a Shoresh community building opportunity. Shoresh parents and children will work together to create the foundation for the Shoresh Family Garden. The first family gardening event was held on Sunday, May 17.

Montclair BOE: New President, New Members and A Call For An End To Bickering

BY  |  Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:26am  |  COMMENTS (5)

IMG_1675A new tone for Montclair Board of Education meetings was on display at Monday night’s meeting and not just because the BOE welcomed its two new members, Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog. The meeting, which focused on reorganization, began with a focus on Montclair students, showcasing a series of performances by talented young students. Then there was a presentation about the Friends of Barnet student exchange trip to London. Students discussed the valuable connection and showed a slide show of their trip.

The board members proceeded to elect a new president, Jessica de Koninck, and a new vice president, Anne Mernin. de Koninck, replacing outgoing president David Deutsch, presided over the remainder of the meeting.

“I believe as a board we must set the tone that every child should feel cared for and cared about,” said de Koninck, adding that the same sentiment applies to the district’s teachers.

Following de Koninck’s initial remarks, students from Montclair High School addressed board members, superintendent Bolandi and the audience regarding issues with the district’s dress code (see related article).

After thanking students for their remarks, de Koninck asked to go through agenda first before continuing the remaining portion of the public comment period. A motion was passed unanimously for BOE members to receive ethics training within 60 days.

Bolandi announced that he had received correspondence from the MEA which included the final payment toward the full time release salary for MEA president Gayl Shepard owed to the district for the 2014-2015 year. “It was a large bill – $239,700 – and the final payment was made on May 15, 2015,” said Bolandi, adding that the MEA paid its debt within one year and that no other payments were due to Board from MEA. Chief Operating Officer Brian Fleischer thank Shepard for her cooperation from the start.

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Montclair Students Push Back Against Dress Code – On TV and at BOE Meeting (VIDEO)

BY  |  Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lily Crandall (left) and Claudia Silver speak out at Montclair BOE meeting.

Lily Crandall (left) and Claudia Silver speak out at Montclair BOE meeting.

Montclair High school students against the dress code pushed back Monday night, speaking out first at the Montclair BOE meeting and then again on CBS News at 11 p.m., where they were interviewed by Tracee Carrasco.

Juniors Lily Crandall and Claudia Silver spoke first the BOE meeting, calling for a change to subjective guidelines that “only work to sexualize and shame students.”

“Faculty tend to pay more attention to the length of shorts more than anything else,” said Crandall. “A common consequence for breaking the dress code is to get a change of clothes, which can take up to an hour away from class time.”

“We understand and appreciate how much Mr. Earle has tried to do when it comes to changing the dress code,” said Silver. “But there is still much left to accomplish.”

Silver announced the progress they have made on the issue, stating that MHS Principal Earle has already agreed to remove the words “distracting”, “excessive”, and “revealing” from the online version of the handbook (which lists the dress code) immediately and the print version for next year.

Crandall called for a review of the outdated dress code to something more objective, citing that the fingertip length for shorts unfairly targets those with arms are proportionately longer than others and that when temperatures climb to over 90 degrees inside schools without air conditioning it is unfair to ban tank tops.

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Dig Into New Jersey’s Mining History at Sterling Hill

BY  |  Monday, May 18, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

IMG_3737New Jersey is famously The Garden State, but as far back as its Colonial days it also was a major North American mining center. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum, about an hour north of Essex County, lets families to dig into this important part of the state’s history.

Located in Ogdensburg, Sterling Hill is the site of a zinc mine that is one of the oldest in the U.S., operating from the early 1700’s until it closed in 1986. It was converted into a museum in 1990, and the good news is that it’s not just an abandoned hole in the ground you can walk through—the Sterling Hill folks converted the mine into a real museum and offer an experience that’s fun and educational.

Most days at 1pm, Sterling Hill offers a guided tour that’s 2-plus hours long and includes an exhibit of vintage mining equipment equipment and minerals from around the world, followed by a walk inside the actual mine—where it’s always a cool and comfy 56 degrees! (Group tours can be booked, too.) Continue Reading

Summer Flag Youth Rugby Program Coming to Montclair Area

Monday, May 18, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The newly formed Montclair Blues Youth Rugby Club has announced that registration is now open for their co‐ed youth flag rugby program from June 8 through July 18 at Brookdale Park.

The Montclair Blues Youth Rugby teams play in the Morris Rugby youth league, where 10 clubs and over 1,000 kids play rugby during the summer. The program is for girls and boys from Kindergarten through 8th grades with practice twice a week and play games on Saturday mornings.

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Fire at Camp Nyoda Destroys Three of Seven Bungalows at 100-Year Old Campsite

BY  |  Sunday, May 17, 2015 9:51am  |  COMMENTS (3)

camp nyoda fireTwo nights ago a fire destroyed three of the seven bungalows at a girls camp in Oak Ridge named Camp Nyoda. Now reaching its 100 year anniversary and owned by the fourth generation of the same family, the camp was founded in 1917 by Lee and Grover Smith as a place for the Montclair, NJ chapter Camp Fire Girls to learn outdoor skills. Continue Reading

The Montclair Health Department To Host Presentation on Food Allergies

Friday, May 15, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair Health Department will host a presentation by MPA Senior Manager Allison Inserro of Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) on Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. in the Montclair Municipal Building second floor conference room, 205 Claremont Avenue. Call 973-509-4969 to reserve your seat for this event.

Kids with Food Allergies is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the nation’s oldest and leading asthma and allergy charity. KFA provides free tools, including a news blog, food recalls, educational materials, webinars, a recipe database, and an online 24/7 support community so that parents can learn how to manage severe food allergies and be prepared for anaphylaxis.



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Congratulations to the cast and crew for a job so very well done. Beyond the obvious talent, the students' dedication and professionalism was evident throughout. Bravo!

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